About Holistic Horsemanship®
Jessica Jahiel's system of horsemanship, Holistic Horsemanship®, employs
the philosophies, the training techniques, and riding elements of classical riding.
Balance, harmony, suppleness, rhythm, and clear, kind communication in the
form of a constant dialogue between horse and rider --
these are classical precisely because they are kind and correct
and they work. The methods and goals of classical horsemanship are timeless and
are applicable to any horse, regardless of breed or riding discipline.
Whether a rider's interest is in classical dressage as such,
or whether it lies in using good training to improve the
mind, physique, and athletic ability of an eventer, a
jumper, a hunter, a reiner, a cutter, an endurance horse,
a competitive trail horse or "just" a pleasure horse,
this system will work -- without fear, force, or pain, and
without gadgets or special equipment designed to increase a
rider's leverage or control.
The methods and goals of classical horsemanship have stood the test
of time and represent the cumulative wisdom of horseman across
the millenia back to the first recorded writings of Greek writer
Xenophon in the 4th century BCE. Indeed, much of what is currently
termed Natural Horsemanship represents a modern
rediscovery of some of these classical principles of horsemanship.
The key concepts in Holistic Horsemanship are
communication, confidence, balance, and harmony -- not
coercion or control. The development of communication
between horse and rider establishes cooperation between
them. This cooperation allows them to work confidently
together in balance, which in turn promotes harmony.
Holistic Horsemanship® uses finesse, not force, and the
results are achieved more smoothly and easily than most
riders could possibly imagine.